Franklin D. Roosevelt Campaign Pinbacks & Memorabilia, 120+ Pcs
An outstanding collection of over 120 pieces of campaign memorabilia related to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's four presidential elections in 1932, 1936, 1940, and 1944. Pieces include pinback buttons and jugates, coattail buttons, lapel pins, and campaign button tabs. Displayed in an aesthetically pleasing montage on a black felt-covered mat measuring 24.375" x 16.5". The lot comes with an optional wooden and glass showcase behind which the mat was originally displayed. There are many gems in this completely unpicked collection waiting to be discovered! Provenance: From the lifelong collection of a Greenwich, Connecticut gentleman.
FDR's unprecedented four election wins produced a sense of political continuity that no other American president had experienced before or has recaptured since. Many of the campaign buttons here emphasize the advantages of this consistency; FDR had carefully steered the nation through the Great Depression and World War II, and would follow through if elected. A perfect example of this is found in the "Don't Change the Pilot, Re-Elect F.D. Roosevelt, Fortis Non Timet" button, where the Latin motto roughly translates to "Do Not Fear Strength." Or, the "Carry on with Roosevelt" and "We Want Roosevelt Again" buttons.
A cast-metal pin depicting FDR and vice presidential running mate John N. Garner in bas relief was manufactured by Green Duck Co. in Chicago and is highly collectible. Campaign memorabilia represented special interest groups, such as the poor; "the people" in general; youth; Labor's Non-Partisan League members; Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America members; International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union members; teamsters; Missourians; New Jerseyans; and Pennsylvanians. Expected wear throughout commensurate with age including isolated fading, else near fine.
Candidates whose images or names are featured include:
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt & John N. Garner (1932, 1936)
- George White for Governor of Ohio (1932)
- Martin L. Davey for Governor of Ohio (1934, 1936)
- Lloyd C. Stark for Governor of Missouri (1936)
- Henry F. Schricker for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana (1936)
- Sherman Minton for U.S. Senator from Indiana (1936)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt & Henry A. Wallace (1940)
- Wendell Wilkie (1940)
- James Cromwell for U.S. Senator from New Jersey (1940)
- F. Clair Ross for state treasurer of Pennsylvania (1940)
- Warren Roberts for state auditor general of Pennsylvania (1940)
- Franklin Delano Roosevelt & Harry S. Truman (1944)
A preliminary examination revealed the following highlights:
- "Roosevelt Truman" jugate in sepia sold for $334 in 2009
- "Don't Change the Pilot, Re-Elect F.D. Roosevelt, Fortis Non Timet" button sold for $66 in 2017
- "Re-Elect Franklin D. Roosevelt" two-star button, 3.5" diameter, sold for $50 in 2016
- "Roosevelt - Truman" button in sepia with FDR's portrait sold for $50 in 2019
- Roosevelt rose button sold for $38 in 2013
- "A Pauper for Roosevelt" button sold for $34 in 2016
**PLEASE NOTE: This lot will require third party shipping due to the delicate nature of how the buttons are mounted.
This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.
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